Beginning Hip-Hop Dance
This course provides an introduction through movement to the theory, practice, aesthetics, and historical foundations of hip-hop dance. Students will explore the roots of funk and hip-hop dance in the social fabric of African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin cultures while examining reinventions of ragtime, swing, and rock n’ roll throughout the 20th century in America. Historical and philosophical perspectives will be integrated into movement activities. The course's goals are to develop an awareness of hip-hop dance technique and styles; to learn steps from specific hip-hop dance forms; to increase cardiovascular conditioning, strength, coordination, and flexibility; and to increase understanding of hip-hop dance as a cultural document and to gain understanding of the history and impact of this form.